Tahoe in the News

Phase Two in the Silver State

Ally Gravina, Moonshine Ink
June 3, 2020

Other industries sanctioned to resume operation are camping and recreation areas. Campsites on Nevada national forest and state park land are now open but at 50% capacity. Erica Hupp, public affairs staff officer for Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, explained that monitoring these activities is difficult because social distancing is already roughly built into their framework of the campgrounds, but regulation and enforcement are still necessary.

“Most of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National campgrounds in Nevada were either 80% or full this weekend, and the rangers expect this to be the case all summer,” Hupp said about this past opening weekend. Restrooms are open at the campsites that have them, but group sites remain closed.

Day recreation areas, like Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, were never asked to fully close, but operations remain at 50% capacity. According to a park employee, this half-capacity full-capacity is typically reached by 9:30 a.m. on sunny, warm days. The Tahoe East Shore Trail, which has been a source of frustration for the community due to crowds and a lack of social distancing, remains closed between Memorial Point and Sand Harbor in an effort to enforce the 50% capacity.

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